My fiancee is transitioning from 1 to 2 jobs (1 full-time, 1 part-time) at the beginning of the year. He’ll be transitioning the part-time job into a full-time job and leaving the full-time job. Meanwhile, I’ll be moving to full-time at my current job. Due to a reduction in income (not huge, but still), we are looking to cut expenses. We also have set a goal to purchase a house in the next year.
I have suggested we check out Aldi for a while, and we finally went this past weekend. We bought most of what we needed there, and at a local Spanish grocery store. In total, we spent a grand total of $67.12 this week on groceries! Our normal Publix bill runs anywhere from $120-160 per week. We have decided to shop sales at Petsmart/Petco for cat supplies, and pick up a few things we need periodically at Publix that we can’t get at Aldi or the Spanish grocery store. The goal is to save thousands per year, which can be put into our house fund. Also, I need to stay away from Whole Foods. That place is like Bloomingdales for me! For more about Aldi, check out this Kiplinger’s article from March 2016 that describes the ins and outs.
I follow another blog Mashup Mom, who swears by Aldi meal planning. Even with all the sales at Publix, the digital coupons, the BOGOs and the coupons we couldn’t come close to spending $67.12 on groceries per week.
I am also looking into switching both of our phone plans from A T & T to Ting. This could save us several hundred dollars per year. The service is not quite as reliable as A T & T from what I heard from 1 user, but I will take the savings any day! In fact, if you’d like to save $25 for switching to Ting, the blogger Club Thrifty has a link on her page (it’s #23) on how to save money using a discount cell phone plan.
Lastly, we have decided to eat out (in a restaurant) once per month, and go to the movies once per month. I am committing to purchasing Starbucks with free gift cards only. See my post here on 4 ways to earn free Starbucks.
What are you doing to meet your savings goals in 2017? Are you doing anything to reduce your monthly expenses? Please share your stories in the comments below.